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AEA Seeks Qualified Applicants for Round 6 Grants

(Anchorage) –The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive grant applications from qualified applicants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. The Round 6 application period is now open. Applicants should note that AEA has lengthened this year’s application period by approximately one month. AEA must receive Round 6 applications no later than 5:00 PM Monday, September 24, 2012. 

In 2008, the Alaska Legislature established the Renewable Energy Fund and authorized AEA to administer procedures for awarding the grants and distributing grant funds. In previous rounds, AEA received more than 550 applications which were thoroughly evaluated in accordance with criteria set forth in the legislation. Following AEA’s recommendations, the Legislature approved 208 Rounds 1-5 renewable energy projects totaling $202.5 million.

AEA is seeking to recommend projects based on applications that clearly demonstrate a public benefit from the proposed project. From Round 6 applications received, AEA will make project recommendations to the Legislature for FY2014 funding.

A new link to the Round 6 web page is available from AEA’s home page, www.akenergyauthority.org. The link will access the Request for Application, application forms and all supporting information. Applicants who need technical assistance are encouraged to contact Renewable Energy Fund Grants Administrator Shawn Calfa by e-mail at scalfa@aidea.org, or telephone (907) 771-3031.

This year marks the fourth Renewable Energy Fund construction season. More than 60 projects from Rounds 1 through 4 are complete or under construction. By the end of 2016, projects are expected to displace diesel and natural gas equivalent to 12.3 million gallons of diesel per year and result in net savings of $45 million per year (2010$). AEA expects to have Round 5 grants in place this month. Funds are disbursed to grantees as work proceeds and invoices are submitted to the Authority.

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